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The '''American Petroleum Institute''' ('''API''') is the largest U.S industry trade group|trade association for the oil and natural gas industry. It claims to represent about 400 corporations involved in extraction of petroleum|production, oil refinery|refinement, pipeline transport|distribution, and many other aspects of the petroleum industry. The association’s chief functions on behalf of the industry include advocacy and negotiation with governmental, legal, and regulatory agencies; research into economic, toxicological, and environmental effects; establishment and certification of industry standards; and education outreach. API both funds and conducts research related to many aspects of the petroleum industry. The current Chief executive officer|CEO is Jack Gerard. It has many front groups, including the NH Energy Forum that in August...